YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Ridgeway has some cute labels and names for their beer. Too bad they don’t spend as much time making good beer as they do labels and names. This poured a decent dark brown with a moderate beige head. The aroma was faint notes of chocolate, coffee, cherry, fennel, and turpentine. Medium body with a thin, watery texture and more carbonation than I like in a porter. The flavor was bland and uninteresting. Santa’s Butt stinks. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing light-brown head. Weird sweet malt and dark fruit aroma -- smells like no Porter I’ve ever had. The flavour is pretty unpleasant, it’s got an artificial sweet crap taste and there’s a harshness to it -- ack! This is possibly the worst Porter I’ve ever had, I could barely finish half the bottle. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
black body, just like jesus, or whoever was supposed to be black-lord vader maybe? a white head with just a touch of brown. aroma is cinnamon, white flour, and very faintly candy raspberry. the taste made me cringe. i don’t like having a fit when i taste a beer. alcohol, rubbing, not drinking, flavor that dries my mouth. raisin flavor with some prune notes. a white grape finish. i swear i taste blood in this. the blood of something that has been defiled. santa was bad, very bad. seriously, there is a metal taste that is like the taste of blood. not a good brew, an oxidation bomb. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2005
Black with a beige head. Chocolate aromas with some citrus in the background. Malty sweetness, bitter chocolate, roasted flavours as well. Rather dry.Medium body. I would say it is well-made, but unfortunately it does not stand out. Lacks character. Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours very dark brown with a ruby tint. Head and lacing are practically non-existant. Aroma is mild and clean with hints of dark fruit and molasses. Flavor is pretty balanced. There is some residual malt sweetness, but I’d say the dark fruits are the dominant characteristic. Some hop spiciness in the middle and a bit of black-patent-ish astringency in the finish. Medium-full body and lightly carbonated. Cool label. Average beer. For this "Winter Porter", I’d like to see an increase in the chocolate malt bill and perhaps a little less yeast character (ferment a few degrees cooler?) Very smooth and easy to drink, though.
HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, from seasonal 4-pack. Poured deep dark clear ruby (almost opaque) with a n average lasting light brown foamy head which left good lacing behind. Aroma is ... odd - lactic candyish chocolate, very minerally, tries to be nutty and malty but comes across as weak, dry and artificial. Taste is very bland, again the creamy chocolate candy, vague roast malt, dry, with a faint cloyingly sweet finish, with harsh fruit coming in as it warms - it grew on me by the bottom of my glass, but it tastes more like a dunkel than a porter. Slightly watery even for a porter, creamy mouthfeel. Not awful but I see no reason to ever have this again. I look forward to trying the other 3 ... mostly bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Murky dark brown. Very bland in taste. Absolutely nothing standing out in this. Maybe some malty/roast in this but not much to even speak of. To watery and to thin. LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Not as impressive as lump of coal. Where the stout was simplistic, the porter is more complex. More hoppy but I’m not one for hoppy beers. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2005
fun label, fun name....i like porters, but this was overly thin and overly roasty. more thick chocolate malt might have rescued this beer, but as it is it’s rather plain. it’s got a bit of wintery spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc) but still only really worth drinking once. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours a deep brown with a small head. Smells better than it tastes. Aroma is chocolate and toast, slightly smoky. Flavor is a weakened version of the aroma, though there is significant and somewhat unusual in the style hop presence. It seems as though this beer is literally watered down, like there is a nice beer that got thinned out. For all the water, It seems Santa got an enema.